You made a huge mistake downloading FaceApp if your privacy is important to you

Don’t download FaceApp if privacy is important to you.

Washington Post technology columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler did a forensic analysis of the Russia-based app.

This is what he found (click here for a more detailed account):

  • FaceApp continually shares information about your phone with Facebook and Google AdMob. They use the data to serve adverts and to check their effectiveness.

  • FaceApp sends loads of data to its servers in Russia – it’s impossible to know what happens to it once there.

  • It’s not just your face but everyone you “age” that ends up with FaceApp.

  • FaceApp uploads and processes your images in “the cloud”, where it stays forever.

  • By accepting its “terms and conditions” you agreed to give it a “perpetual” license to your images.

  • Whoever buys your pictures from FaceApp has the right to do whatever it wants with it in terms of an “irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully-paid, transferrable sub-licensable license.”

  • Deleting the app doesn’t get rid of the photos that FaceApp has of you.

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